Steve Morse Joins 6,000 Guitarists at the 2009 Thanks Jimi Festival In Wroclaw, Poland

Deep Purple guitarist Steve Morse lead 6,000 guitarists through “Smoke on the Water” and “Hey Joe,” helping set a Guinness World Record.
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 DEEP PURPLE GUITARIST STEVE MORSE LED 6,000 guitarists through “Smoke on the Water” and “Hey Joe,” helping set a Guinness World Record.

Excerpt from Steve Morse’s Blog:

We just got back, and I mean, JUST got back from our gig in Poland. It was so unusual in so many ways. The crowd was basically sold out, solid from the stage to as far as we could see, outdoors. And it wasn't raining! Our opening act, Leszek Cichonski featuring Stan Skibby, was incredibly good. I had a great time reminiscing with Stan, who does a Hendrix-like set with them, singing and playing. Everybody played so well, and was so down-to-earth.

Earlier today, I played onstage with them at a town square, for the Guinness Book of World Records. The most guitar players playing "Smoke on the Water." For sure, if they don't get the world's record, something is seriously wrong, because there were 6,000 people in front of us, with guitars, playing it! At the end of the song, they all held up their guitars, mostly acoustic, and it looked like we were in a forest. Nothing but guitars for as far as you could see. We also played "Hey Joe", which Stan sang, and everybody played along with that one. Last year, they had 1,800-plus people playing along with that song. In the middle of the song today, they brought the volume way down, and you could only hear the background singers and the thousands of acoustics playing C,G,D,A,E.......

After that, I don't know how the gig could be any more intense. But, it was. The crowd was totally into everything, and when they sang along on "Smoke" it was the loudest ever. A lot of them were at the town square earlier, and they knew it for sure! Fantastic crowd. Don played some Chopin, which they all seemed to recognize, and knew he had Polish roots.

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